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Poster: William Tell Date: Jul 6, 2009 7:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Great Versions of Songs on Commercial Releases (Under 10 Minutes)

You know, just because of the poor recording I rarely listen to the Tahoe DPs...the vocals are sooo poor, and other material is better from that time period as you note.

And yes, it is amazing what you find on the expanded disks of the Gold Rd set, which I often pull out from the first 5-6 studio releases, and then with the bonus material you get some real surprises putting five disks on shuffle...

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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Jul 6, 2009 9:01am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Great Versions of Songs on Commercial Releases (Under 10 Minutes)

WT, yeah, maybe those reasons you give are the reason I only skimmed through DP22 and played some of the songs I'd list among my favorite Dead tunes once.

Yeah, that would explain why I kinda just put it away all but forgetting about it, subconsciously back burnering it.

Right now I'm playing DP 8, the electric set, for the first time in years.
I borrowed it from a friend 10 years ago and made tapes of the acoustic and electric sets.

Right off the bat, I'm reminded that the electric set on DP 8 is mono, and that's a downright shame. I checked Wiki, and the acoustic set on DP 8 is in stereo, maybe that adds a lot to it's sparkle.

The electric set isn't exactly grabbing me - though I be damned for suggesting such a highly rated show is less than
what it's cracked up to be.
OK, now I'm hearing "Good Lovin', and it does have some unusual tempo changes...
but the Sauint Stephen Cryptical Other One versions were kind of average in an above average way...

Great, but not really tip top. To my ears. And maybe that's why I haven't played it in over 5 nyears.
I played it several times when I first got a copy.

Listening to Dancing In The Street now. It's OK. I'll keep playing the electric set, and later I'll relisten to the acoustic set which wasn't handy but it's around here somewhere.

And then there was DP 16, which I fully expected to dig big time, but I couldn't get into it much at all, and returned it to the store for 75% credit (a fair exchange common at several of the large retail outlets such as Amoeba)...
and I didn't even tape any of the tracks... weird!

I probably would now, given the choice. But I've never had the desire to get it again (DP 16).

OK wait a second, Garcia is doing a very hip cool jazzy R&B inspired jam on Dancing In The Street - what't the song this riff he's improvising reminds me of?

Anyway, mono or not, we've got a winner!

tha's some carousel, shuffling the 1st 5 studio GD LPs with surprizes galore.

Hey gang, guess who's pad we're crashin' tonite!

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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Jul 6, 2009 10:40am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Great Versions of Songs on Commercial Releases (Under 10 Minutes)

I've been listening a lot to 1970-06-05 and 1970-06-06, in spite of the occassional poor sound quality or audience tape patch-ins, but damn, June 6th '70 has one of the most intense versions of Lovelight - I wonder if there's a better version anywhere, so I can live with less than ideal sound quality; the same goes for Attics of My Life from June 5th.

Anyway, it's unusual for me to wade in the waters of '70...

so beg pardon if I judged the May 2nd show hastily -

may I say that the DP 8 mono recording of Morning Dew can't put a scratch on what may be the best version of that song I've heard, ever.
Based on my relistening of it an hour or so ago...
whoah - it's killer.

And it's followed by a mighty fine Viola Lee Blues - so with Dancing, I've just rediscovered 3 all-time classic versions, thanks to this thread.

My main pc (now in the repair shop) should maybe break down more often (bite my tongue!) - being thrown back into the 20thy century causes all sorts of unexpected gems to emerge from one's neglected mid-low audio quality nevertheless top shelf GD to be replayed.

Shake that dust off yo' tail feather baby!


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